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text 2018-10-25 08:05
Cover Reveal - Snap Decision

 

Snap Decision by Jami Davenport releases on November 29th!

 

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Bad boy quarterback Tyler Harris plays ball for a living and breaks hearts for a hobby.

 

With two championships in as many years, Tyler is the best quarterback in the league. Gorgeous and rich, he's at the top of his game. Women love him. Men want to be him. Only Tyler's not feeling the love. In fact, he's not feeling anything at all. Licking his wounds after a scandal and a breakup with his long-time girlfriend, he retreats to a run-down mansion on a remote island in the Pacific Northwest. Once there, Tyler is blindsided by the sassy redhead next door. He knows that he's met his match and possibly his soulmate. There's one problem. She despises him.

 

Lavender Mead has a good reason to dislike jocks, namely an absentee father who deserted the family to coach college football. Maybe that explains her penchant for bad boys -- especially those who play ball. Her new neighbor seems just that type. Yet Tyler's not the shallow superstar she expected, and she's inexplicably drawn to football's bad boy. The two are so hot together, they're combustible.

 

As the clock ticks down, can they commit to each other forever? Or will they both fall short of the goal at the last minute?

 

 

PRAISE FOR JAMI DAVENPORT:

 

"Within the pages, you will find a heartfelt story line riddled with drama, passion, raw emotion, and of course the good stuff... heat!"--Red's Romance Reviews

 

"A very delicious, sports enthusiast romance!! Would definitely read more of this series."--Shock and Awe Blog
 
"Jami Davenport makes it hard to sit on the sidelines and not root her characters on."--I Love Romance
 
 
 

About the Author:

 

USA Today Bestselling Author Jami Davenport writes sexy contemporary and sports romances, including her two new indie endeavors: the Game On in Seattle Series and the Madrona Island Series. Jami’s new releases consistently rank in the top fifty on the sports romance and sports genre lists on Amazon, and she has hit the Amazon top hundred authors list in both contemporary romance and genre fiction multiple times. Jami ranked Number Seven on Kobo’s Top Ten Most Completed Authors, an honor bestowed on the year’s “most engaging” authors based on an average page completion rate by their readers.

 

Jami lives on a small farm near Puget Sound with her Green Beret-turned-plumber husband, a Newfoundland cross with a tennis ball fetish, a prince disguised as an orange tabby cat, and an opinionated Hanoverian mare. Jami works in IT for her day job and is a former high school business teacher. She’s a lifetime Seahawks and Mariners fan and is waiting for the day professional hockey comes to Seattle. An avid boater, Jami has spent countless hours in the San Juan Islands, a common setting in her books. In her opinion, it’s the most beautiful place on earth.

 

Connect with Jami!

 

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Website Address: http://www.jamidavenport.com

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Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1637218.Jami_Davenport

 

 

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review 2018-09-10 23:42
Snap (Bauer)
Snap - Belinda Bauer

I do enjoy modern thrillers, so it's not completely unlikely that I would have read this without the Booker longlist nomination that caused me to push the "add to waitlist" button on my e-library account. And I've probably wasted too much mental energy since, wondering whether the odd halo cast by the Booker has subtly altered my expectations and in what direction.

 

I quite enjoyed this, but it had a few shortcomings that niggled at me during and after the reading. Chief amongst these was an unsupported motivation for the principal crime - a motivation referenced in the title, but really no motivation at all. I know people snap, but we got to know the villain so little that his snapping seemed not just out of character but out of the blue. The main character, Jack, was much more accessible, and in the main much more likeable, which helped somewhat to bridge over the rather distressing way he solved the problem of his mother's murderer towards the end of the book. However, I couldn't help feeling that the random vandalism and lashing out that was the nastier end of a generally nice young boy was planted more to make his violence at the end seem plausible than because it was consistent with his own back-story.

 

Marvel and Reynolds, the cops, are a nicely-balanced pair of caricatures with a good double act that provokes the occasional smile. I hope, if this is part of a series, that Rice, their female sidekick, gets a bit more to do than she did here: as a character, I felt she had promise.

 

I liked the deliberation of the initial chapters and the way the plot picked up in both pace and bizarre events towards the end. This is as it should be in a thriller. There was, however, no twist to speak of (the identity of the knife-maker was, I suppose, a bit of a reveal, though certainly one I saw coming). The only mildly unexpected thing at the end was that one of the cops suppressed some information that would have had grave consequences for young Jack.

 

Anyway, I'd recommend this for people who like thrillers anyway, but not for people who read prize literature nominees because of their literary qualities.

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review 2018-08-22 17:34
Snap by Belinda Bauer
Snap - Belinda Bauer

I read this a few weeks ago and was so busy what with going away that I didn’t find time to review it. Even though I really enjoyed it, my memory is failing in regards to the finer points, but I’ll try my best to write a competent review.

 

Snap is written in the style of third-person multiple, something that seems to be gaining in popularity. It gives the reader more as we’re privy to multiple characters thoughts, but it can sometimes be jarring if done incorrectly. Luckily here, though, it was very well done.

 

The story starts off with Jack, an eleven-year-old boy who, along with his 2 sisters, are awaiting the return of their mother, who’s off to get help due to car trouble. They’ve been left inside their vehicle, but quickly get antsy when she doesn’t return and disembark in order to go and find her. They eventually reach an emergency phone, the receiver dangling from the hook, and never see her again. Soon enough she’s found dead. That isn’t a spoiler, it happens fairly early on.

 

We then meet Catherine, an expectant mother who’s been left alone while her husband travels for work. She hears a disturbance in her home and soon after finds a note along with a knife, the note stating: I could have killed you.

 

Soon after we meet the local police who are joined by a detective (?) who’s been recently moved between forces and is now a member of the team in an area far from anything of major note in England.

 

The chapters consistently move between these groups, with a focus on Jack, who is still determined to find his mothers killer. During this time he indulges in a life of crime in order to care for his sisters and himself as they’ve been abandoned by their father, who’s swamped by grief. It was quite a convoluted plot, but it all came together well. I didn’t know how it would, but it did.

 

One of things I enjoyed most was the way in which Bauer formed her characters. She added personality traits that, however strange, worked. I didn’t particularly warm to any of them, but I could always see the underlying reason why they were the way they were.

 

The pacing was excellent, enough being given away when needed, with enough character-development, as well.

 

I’m still very surprised this is part of the Booker longlist (or is it shortlist?), but it’s a worthy contender, even if I didn’t think it deserved the full five stars. It’s got me quite into the crime genre, just in time for bingo!

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review 2018-08-22 15:35
Review: Snap
Snap - Belinda Bauer

I try not to be close-minded about reading, but the very thought of the Mystery genre leaves me running. While I, having been raised in America on a television diet that consisted almost entirely of Perry MasonHill Street Blues, and countless other cop dramas, am expected to live and breathe police procedurals and courtroom dramas, I in fact abhor them. I still look back on those shows I once watched every night with some nostalgia. I'd consider an In the Heat of the Night marathon if presented with one. But sometime, in the early 90s, I lost interest in ever seriously revisiting the genre in any way again. 

So I shouldn't have read Snap. And normally, I wouldn't have. But this year, someone thought it would be a good idea to nominate it for the Man Booker Prize. Before we get into my feelings for the novel, let's talk about this Man Booker longlisting. It was a mistake. Though I wouldn't say this is the worst novel I have ever read to be nominated—there have been a few that were painfully boring or pretentious—Snap is easily the most undeserved novel I have ever read on the list. Why is this? Because this is the Man Booker Prize; I expect to read some dry, cerebral novels; I don't have to like them to respect the craft that went into them. But Snap is entirely different because it's not a crafty play on words, or a fascinating literary treatise on the state of world affairs, or an intelligently drawn exploration of a character's psychology. Snap is your run-of-the-mill mystery and it frankly has no place on the list of traditional Man Booker nominees.

Now let's put the Man Booker nomination aside and consider Snap on its own merits. I thought Bauer's novel started well. In regards to pure story, I actually thought Snap was superior to the average modern mystery for two-thirds of the novel. It wasn't anything special, but I enjoyed some of the characters, found glimmers of beautifully drawn sentences here and there, and was curious what direction the story might go. There were problems with conveniences made for the plot, and cliches ran amok, but I'd expected worse. I had hopes that the author would pull off a decent crime novel, but the final third destroyed any hopes I'd had. The story hadn't been built on much of a foundation and it fell apart. In addition to the problems this novel had from page one, it suffered from preposterous character actions, nonsensical plot points and reveals, and threads left loose by its conclusion.

It wouldn't have surprised me to see Snap nominated for a prize awarding crime novels. Though I can't realistically compare it to others since I read so few, it seemed like a decent (though not award-winning) mystery. But to be nominated for the Man Booker Prize—well, that's alarming. And for the prize to continue without harsher criticism or a demand for transparency, Snap must not be shortlisted.

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review 2018-08-11 08:30
"Snap" by Belinda Bauer - a first-rate thriller and a pleasant surprise on the 2018 Man Booker Longlist
Snap - Belinda Bauer

"Snap" was my second Man Booker Longlist read. As soon as I started it, I felt like I was in 'familiar territory - albeit well-written familiar territory. 

 

"Snap" is an evocatively written thriller that starts with one timeline in 1998 about a pregnant mother vanishing from the motorway after her car broke down and another timeline in 2001 with a pregnant woman at home alone when someone breaks in.

 

The chapters are short, immersive and paced to maximise the tension.  I knew the two timelines must intersect but part of the fun was not knowing how.

 

"Snap" is just the sort of thriller I'd choose to buy. but I was at a loss to understand why it was on the Man Booker Longlist. Were they doing fun, accessible, genre reads now? 

 

I rapidly reached the halfway point in the novel, ("Snap" was hard to put down) but I still didn't really know what was going on, even though the two storylines had finally collided in a completely surprising and deeply intriguing way.
 

Yet NOT knowing but REALLY WANTING to know and being confident that you will eventually find out and when you do it will be something surprising but that feels true and finally makes sense of all of the angst and pain, is the essence of what makes a thriller a thriller.

 

"Snap" has best-seller written all over it from page one. It took me to the second half of the book to understand Mann Booker's interest: it is deeply rooted in the characters of the people who are entangled in the events: their faults, their fears, their deepest desires. It is about the impact of abandonment, the need for hope and the power of a constantly refilled cistern of anger that HAS to escape somehow.

 

"Snap" isn't one of those one-shot, I-didn't-see-THAT-coming trickster thrillers that were once fun but that now feel so me-too that I eschew them. This is a thriller where the plot is pushed by emotion rather than the mechanics of a police procedural novel.

 

The main characters are children: resourceful but damaged, surviving but not thriving. constantly feeling the loss of the life that was stolen from them the day their mother disappeared  It seemed to me that the story took on the wish-fulfilment magic that children use to cope with the unbearable. The police are also a little child-like, bumbling along, powered by ego and opinion and replacing best practice with intuition and testosterone.

 

Throughout the story, the young boy dreams that he has found his mother. In his sleep, he returns to the day that, as he thinks of it, he failed to find her. The dreams are a painful mix of guilt, anger and grief.

 

It seems to me that these dreams, the boy's guilt, his bone-deep need to make things better, his conviction that he will fail, set the tone for the novel.

 

The ending may be a little too fairytale to satisfy fans of hard-bitten crime stories but it felt appropriate to me. While it's at the borders of the plausible, it's exactly where it needs to be to make those dreams no more than a memory.

 

I recommend "Snap" both as a thriller and a strong Mann Booker contestant.

 

I wonder, if it wins the Man Booker, will it sell fewer copies than if it had been given the usual "this is Gillian Flynn on steroids" hype?

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